Did you know a defibrillator, paired with effective CPR is the only thing that can help save a life when someone has a cardiac arrest. Currently there are no health and safety laws in the UK to state that businesses or public premises must have a defibrillator on site, but we expect this to change in the near future. Thankfully, many businesses and organisations already see how important it is to have this lifesaving device in their office or place of work, but there’s still a long way to go before nobody in the UK is ever further than 100m away from one.
What is a defibrillator?
You may have heard a defibrillator be referred to by a number of different terms - defib, AED, heart restarter. An AED (which stands for Automated External Defibrillator) is a device that analyses the heart rhythm, to decide whether or not a shock is needed to return the heart to a more natural rhythm. Fortunately today, public defibrillators are designed to be used by anyone, whether your trained or not. The device should provide clear audio instructions, and it won’t deliver a shock if one isn’t needed.
Will a defibrillator definitely save a life?
While we wish we could say this was the case, unfortunately, a defibrillator isn’t 100% effective. Out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates are sadly very low, but a rapid response and an increase in bystander CPR can help give the best chance of survival to someone who suffers a cardiac arrest. Every second counts so it’s essential that a defibrillator is close by ready to be used at all times, and that the general population feels confident enough to step in and attempt CPR and defibrillation.
Where can I find a defibrillator if I need one?
Defibrillators can be found in a lot of public places such as shopping centres, leisure and community centres, schools, airports and gyms. It’s worth remembering that when you call 999 in an emergency (which is the first thing you should do!) the call handler will be able to tell you where the nearest defibrillator is located after determining your location.
Should I install a defibrillator at my workplace?
In short - absolutely! You simply cannot put a price on a life, and obtaining a defibrillator for your premises will help safeguard your staff, anyone visiting your workplace and the local community. Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you obtain a defibrillator today.
Find out more about how you can obtain a defibrillator with the help of London Hearts today by completing our online application form here.